Leading Through Disruption

Without question, COVID-19 and the response efforts surrounding it have temporarily altered the way we lead and serve our organizations, our teams and our communities. 

In fulfillment of the Leadership Center’s mission to explore innovative leadership knowledge and practices to better those we serve, we endeavor to provide the latest thinking on issues and trends that impact all of us. 

In that spirit, this year’s theme “Leading Through Disruption” will provide a springboard for timely discussions to help us navigate uncharted territory.  

Upcoming Events

Get in the Game: Business of Sports!

Date: Thursday, Oct. 21
Time: 7:30 p.m. (EDT)
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE! (Registration is required)

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Megs Gelfgot
Entrepreneur, TEDx Speaker, Author

Join the Franklin University Leadership Center as we continue our 2021 Series with Get in the Game! The Business of Sports.

Megs Gelfgot is an International + Fortune 500 speaker focused on coaching others into expanding their capacity to thrive within difficulty. Founder of Keep Her WILD HQ, a rad girl skateboard collective with communities in 13 countries. KHW offers retreats + workshops that empower women of all ages through skateboarding and sisterhood.

As an avid surfer of concrete, waves + wakes, Megs combines her passion for storytelling, film and board sports to help others rediscover the athlete within. 

Mason Moments: There was a Sliver Lining to the Pandemic! Can our Institutions See it?

Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Time: 12 p.m. (EDT)
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE! (Registration is required)

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Vickie Thompson-Sandy
President and CEO, The Buckeye Ranch

Join us as we continue to Re-Imagine Work with Mason Moments, where we’ll welcome Vickie Thompson-Sandy, President and CEO of The Buckeye Ranch, to discuss how the nonprofit human services sector adapted to help people in poverty using telehealth services. The human services industry learned it could provide safe and effective services via telehealth, which removed barriers that exist for clients who live in poverty, such as travel, childcare, and work  schedule conflicts. This session will explore the challenges of transitioning a workforce back to a traditional face-to-face environment where telehealth is not feasible due to the slow system change process.

Coming from a family that taught possibility rather than limitation, Vickie Thompson-Sandy has built a career in health and human services and quickly ascended to leadership roles within the not-for-profit sector. 

In May 2019, Vickie relocated to central Ohio to lead The Buckeye Ranch, as the organization’s first female president and CEO. The Buckeye Ranch is a not-for-profit organization treating children who have experienced trauma and have behavioral health challenges. The Buckeye Ranch has a robust continuum of services centered on three areas of focus – child welfare, behavioral health and educational services. With multiple locations across Ohio, the agency serves almost 5,000 children annually through community-based services, day treatment, transitional-aged youth, child welfare services to kinship and foster care services, and residential treatment. 

Vickie’s personal mission is to empower professionals to see the strengths of all families and the positive impact that family and community has on healing. Her goal for the agency is to partner with children and families to figure out how they can overcome whatever obstacles are in their path. Children (in families) thrive when they are safe, loved, and supported in their journey of healing.”

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